The dial and hands are showing signs of age you’d expect to see from a 50+ year old military watch. This is a true piece of Army equipment which im sure could tell some stories. The case is in good original condition, with few signs for wear, again, as you would expect.
The watch has been fully serviced by our on-site workshop using vintage original smiths parts. My father who started AWC in 1973 worked in the smiths watch department during the early years and is very familiar with the quality and history. We still stock most parts for vintage smiths English watches today. This watch comes with a 12 month, non-waterproof service cover.
Originally founded in London in 1851 by Samuel Smith, the company first established itself by making automotive dials and cockpit instruments and obtained a Royal warrant in 1907. A factory was built in Cheltenham at the beginning of the Second World War, and it is from this factory that the majority of vintage Smiths come from. It was at this time that Smiths’ military involvement began. They received contracts from the MoD to provide watches, which they made from scratch. By the end of the War, Smiths consisted of over 20 companies, ranging from motors to aviation, and, of course, clocks and watches. By the late 1970s, the clock and watch division of the company had broken up. The most famous Smiths wearer has to be Sir Edmund Hilary, who carried a Smiths watch to the summit of Everest.
What we think
Smiths W10s have seen a steady increase in value over recent years and it doesn’t show any signs of slowing down as more people are discovering this underrated brand. Originality is important and this is a real honest example.
Age : 1961/1970
Specific Age : 1970
Case Size : 36mm
Case Thickness : 11mm
Lug to Lug : 47mm
Lugs : 18mm
Condition : Pre-Owned
Box & Papers : No
Case Material : Stainless Steel
Service History : 12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty